Heartbroken family speak out after mum of two brutally murdered by violent ex partner

A heartbroken family have spoken out after a mum of two was brutally murdered by her violent ex-partner.

Percy Mcube was a single parent who worked two jobs to provide everything she could for her two young children before being killed by ex-partner Obert Moyo who was on licence following his release from prison when he carried out the evil act.

Moyo, who previously lived in Brighton, had been sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2013 for a horrendous attack on another ex-partner. He broke into the woman’s place of work, punched and strangled her and cut her face with a blade, reports MEN.

Following his release from jail, Moyo moved north. He met the 35-year-old at Potter House church in Bolton town centre in 2021. Percy was aware of his past, but despite the concerns from friends, she gave him a chance.

The ‘intense’ relationship lasted about 18 months before she caught him messaging and dating other women and told him it was over.

Moyo turned up outside her house seven times before he eventually murdered Ms Ncube in the early hours of November 10 last year.

Her two children were awoken by their mother’s screams, as Moyo attacked her in her bed. When she managed to make a run for it, he pursued her out of the house and down the street.

She was able to call 999 as she fought for her life. But armed with a skewer, Moyo caught her and stabbed her in the heart.

Now weeks into his life sentence, with a minimum of 27 years in prison to serve before he can even be considered for release, Percy’s family have spoken out to express grave concerns as to how Moyo was at liberty to commit this horrendous crime.

They want to ensure no family goes through the unbearable trauma that they have endured. “Percy's murder feels so surreal,” her family said in a statement.

They continued: “You often hear about horrific murders and crimes on the news, and you pray that it never happens to you or your loved ones. So, to be experiencing this is completely unbearable.

"It’s terrifying to think about how this predator was allowed to roam our streets and enter society when he was clearly a danger to women.”

They continued: “Our family is completely devastated and traumatised by Percy's death. Everything has changed, including our relationships. Trusting people is hard now because you genuinely never know who someone is.

“Percy was loved by so many. She would give you the clothes off her back, and she worked really hard to provide a future and community for her children.

“Percy had the loudest laugh, and you would hear her before you saw her. Even after the hardships she experienced in her life, she persevered and built a life and an amazing support system.

“We miss and love her deeply. One thing we can say is that we showed and told her we loved her all the time. She celebrated her 35th birthday two weeks before her death with her closest friends and family. She knew she was loved, everyone in her life made sure of that."

“Now, we're trying to move on and do what's right for her young children. We're incredibly thankful for the support we've received from Percy's friends and the community; they've really lifted us up during this nightmare.”

As well as being on licence, Moyo was an illegal immigrant. It is understood he arrived in the country in the early 2000s on a flight from South Africa, and has remained in the UK ever since.

He made failed asylum applications, and Moyo was fitted with an electronic tag as part of being bailed by the Home Office.

“We are seeking answers from the Home Office and Probation on why Obert was allowed to be released early from prison and why he wasn't deported soon after his 14-year conviction,” Percy’s family said.

“We don't want to hear 'thoughts, prayers, and sympathies' from them - we want answers and real actions to understand why this happened and to prevent it from happening to other families again.”

The M.E.N. asked the Home Office and the probation service for comment.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with Ms Ncube’s family. We often deal with significant and complex challenges when seeking to return those who have no right to be in the UK to their country of origin or lawful place of return.

“The government is doing everything possible to reduce legal challenges and to increase the numbers of FNOs [foreign national offenders] being removed.”

A Probation Service spokesperson said: “This was a horrific crime and our thoughts remain with the family of Perseverance Ncube. Serious further offences are rare but have a devastating impact on victims and their families which is why each one is thoroughly investigated so any necessary action can be taken to keep our streets safe.”

Detective Chief Inspector Gina Brennand of Greater Manchester Police said: “Moyo was an illegal immigrant. He was on prison licence having served a 14 year term for a violent offence against another woman. He is a danger to women.

“Percy's children have been unspeakably brave in trying to save their mother's life. I'd like to pay credit to them and all of those who tried to save her life in the immediate aftermath of Moyo's fatal attack.”

Sentencing Moyo earlier this month, Judge Patrick Field KC said of the children: “Their loss is incalculable. What they witnessed was utterly terrible.“

He told Moyo, of Pennington Road, Bolton, who sat with his head in his hands throughout the hearing: “This was a calculated, premeditated, brutal and wicked offence. I am sure to the appropriate standard that you intended to kill Ms Ncube.“

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